The Blues are now two points shy of the top spot in the league.

Indian Super League high-flyers Bengaluru FC picked up back-to-back league wins at home after beating bottom-placed Hyderabad FC by a narrow 1-0 scoreline. The Blues opened the scoring through a truly spectacular Nishu Kumar volley in the first half and despite some strong pressure all through the tie, they weren’t able to double the lead.

The win takes Carles Cuadrat’s side back into second place on the table, having played 15 out of their 18 fixtures. Here are the player ratings from Bengaluru FC Vs Hyderabad FC:

Bengaluru FC

Gurpreet Singh Sandhu- 9.5

The Indian first-choice had a comfortable evening at the Kanteerava, as he wasn’t put under too much pressure for most of the tie. Came up with a stellar penalty stop and another special save late on.

Nishu Kumar- 9.0

The youngster was undoubtedly the Blues’ best player on the night and he was a constant thorn in the side of the Hyderabad defence as well. Produced a moment of magic in the first half.

Harmanjot Khabra- 7.0

The versatile midfielder was deployed in the left full-back role and did well for the most part. Worked hard tracking back and provided the Blues with some much-needed width in attack as well.

Suresh Singh Wangjam- 8.0

The youngster was a sensation in the middle of the park, as he hardly took a wrong touch on the night. Moved the ball around with great confidence and looks like a real prospect.

Udanta Singh- 6.5

Although the speedster produced a couple of moments of quality in the first half, he wasn’t able to have his usual attacking impact. Was subbed off quite early on into the second period though.

Sunil Chhetri- 6.5

The Indian skipper had one of his least influential home games this season. Nothing he tried seemed to be coming off. Worked hard in defence, despite having an uneventful evening.

Substitutes

Ashique Kuruniyan- 6.5

The Keralite came on and tried to impart a little bit of energy on the flanks, as Udanta Singh was beginning to tire. Moved into the striker’s position late on as well.

Thongkhosiem Haokip- N/A

Didn’t have time to make a real impact.

Hyderabad FC

Laxmikant Kattimani- 6.0

The Hyderabad goalkeeper made a couple of questionable spills over the course of the 90 minutes, but was never really forced into making any meaningful saves.

Ashish Rai- 7.5

The full-back worked his socks off on the flanks, as he was up against the experienced head of Sunil Chhetri. Defended well and didn’t allow the Indian skipper any space.

Sahil Panwar- 6.0

The centre-back was solid for the most part, but was taken out of the game on a couple of occasions as Deshorn Brown ran rings around him. Held his position well and wasn’t overly troubled.

Mohammad Yasir- 6.5

Another one of the Hyderabad players who had to put in a lot of effort on the night, the full-back tracked the Bengaluru attackers well and tried to create an attacking impact as well.

Adil Khan- 6.5

The national team defender was operating out of a more forward role on the night, but was required to do a lot of defending. Held his ground and did well while defending set-pieces.

Nikhil Poojary- 6.5

The attacker didn’t have the impact he might’ve been hoping for in the final third, despite taking on a couple of decent shots in the first half. Wasn’t able to influence the tie in the second period.

Substitutes

Liston Colaco- 6.0

Came on as the away side tried to press the issue and look for the goal that would bring them back into the game. Passed the ball around well, but wasn’t able to create.

Dimple Bhagat- N/A

Didn’t have time to make a real impact.